'''Rara''' is a form of festival music that originated in Haïti
, that is used for street processions, typically during Easter Week
. The music centers on a set of cylindrical bamboo trumpets called ''vaksen'' (which may also be made of metal pipes), but also features drums, maraca
s or güiro
s (a percussion instrument), and metal bells, as well as sometimes also cylindrical metal Trumpet|trumpets
which are made from recycled metal, often coffee cans. The ''vaksen''-s perform repeating patterns in hocket
and often strike their instruments rhythmically with a stick while blowing into them. In the modern day, standard trumpet
s and saxophone
s may also be used. The genre though predominantly Afro-based has some Taíno people|Taino Amerindian
elements to it such as the use of güiro
s and maracas.
The songs are always performed in Haitian Creole language|Haitian...